hilary expecting. | washington d.c. maternity photography.

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paul + hilary wanted to capture some belly shots before they welcomed their baby girl this past spring. they were gorgeous models to work with and followed all my posing directions perfectly… i’m so grateful we were able to capture this sweet season of anticipation for together.

hudson + annabella | alexandria va multiples photography.

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sweet hudson and annabella were the very best little models for me. with a few breaks for food and fresh diapers, we were good to go. i loved getting to see their sweet parents again and came away (as i do every time) in awe of the administrative feat caring for newborn twins requires. scott & rachel, you are doing so amazing! thank you for having me capture this season for you.

rachel expecting | alexandria VA maternity photography.

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i’ve had the privilege of working with lots of wonderful expecting couples over the past few months, and this week i’ll be sharing a number of those sessions along with their newborn sessions. i love love love meeting a couple in the sweet season of anticipation before they meet their little one. when we meet up again a few weeks later, i feel like i’m celebrating with old friends… hearing all the birth story details, examining every tiny, perfect feature of their new little person, encouraging them that sleep will come again one day ;) it’s the best.

gorgeous mama, Rachel, gave birth to boy/girl twins just five weeks after our maternity shoot. (does she not look just amazing?!) i was so happy she took a brief break from bed rest to create these images…

check back in for pictures of their sweet little people tomorrow…

a beautiful day in the neighborhood. | washington d.c. family photography.

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Where we love is home,
home that our feet may leave,
but not our hearts.
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Lee Ann contacted me about doing a family session to capture the charm of their neighborhood before they eventually move. These at home, lifestyle sessions are always some of my favorites. I love photographing little people in the place they are most comforted. It makes me happy to think of this sweet family having these images to forever remember this season of their lives in this wonderful city.

olivia turns one. | washington d.c. child + family photography.

I’ve had the joy of photographing many of my newborn clients at one year old this year.
It never ceases to amaze me seeing these tiny little ones return as curious, on-the-go little people full of personality.

I got to see miss Olivia twice last year. At one week…
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And then again at six months…
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And now she is O N E!
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baby max. | washington d.c. newborn photography.

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sweet baby Max was a last minute addition to my spring schedule, and I was so glad I was able to fit him in. with 3 kids under 3, life is pretty non-stop in this house. but also joyful. and grateful. and sweet. i loved watching Amy’s peace in the midst of the crazy. she is the hub of a beautiful home, and i was grateful to capture a bit of the lovely this morning in April. sweet baby Max, you are blessed indeed.

baby aviv. | washington d.c. newborn photography.

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hey there blog. i’m back.
i’m hoping/planning to post here monday, wednesday and friday… and with all the sessions i’ve been shooting the past few months, there should be a steady supply of material for the foreseeable future. i can’t wait to share…

starting off with tiny baby aviv. after a good long breakfast, he slept and curled and smiled like a dream for me. love those delicate newborn features… they grow and change so fast. darling boy, you are so very loved.

walker family and the yanfamway. | washington d.c. family photography.

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Last month, my wedding photographer posted on instagram about a last minute opening for a one day workshop she was doing in D.C. Yan Palmer is one of my all-time photography favs, and I jumped at the chance of learning from her, for even a few hours. After a morning newborn shoot, I met up with her and a small group of local photographers for lunch and to talk shop. From there we headed to photograph some friends of mine who had agreed to model for us. Heading into this experience, I didn’t know what to expect. I felt pretty comfortable with where I was as a photographer and the direction of my images. I love simple, clean images and good light. I have a passion to capture genuine connections. I want the love that parents have for their little people to radiate from my work. I want the details and perfection of each child to be caught and remembered. I still want all those things. But getting to spend the afternoon with Yan gave me renewed passion for what I do as an artist. Just spending a few hours with her… pushed me to think more creatively and inspired me to capture more of the details surrounding a family. She encouraged being ok with imperfect and messy and the beauty therein. And she’s just a super fun person to hang out with. That afternoon in April gave me a fresh vision and love for what I get to do every week. The session we captured embodies so much of what I strive for. Thank you dear Yan for reminding me again why I love photography so much. I am so grateful.

Want to get in on the Yan Fam Way Workshop? Check out the dates still available for 2014.

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